Here’s a fact—you could unknowingly be doing damage to your hair while sleeping. Turns out, ‘you snooze, you lose’ could be true for your hair as well!
Did you know that all that tossing and turning in your sleep could cause your hair to pull and break?
Well… all of us make it a point to look after our hair during the day, however, all of that effort is pointless if we neglect it hair at night. Imagine what 8 hours of this tugging could do to your locks! Worried? Here are 5 ways you could take a little more care of your tresses while you sleep…
1. Brush your hair before you hit the sack
Brushing your hair out before you go to bed is one of the best ways you can look after your hair. Before turning in for the night, use a wide tooth comb or a brush with natural bristles to untangle the knots in your hair. Brushing your hair from the roots to the tips helps move the natural oils of your scalp through your hair and nourishes it. Additionally, combing or brushing your hair before bed will reduce the chances of having knotted hair in the morning.
2. Use a silk or satin pillowcase
We’ve said it before—silk and satin are gentler on your hair than other fabrics. And so, your hair is less likely to break if it comes in contact with these materials. This is why you should try switching to a silk pillowcase; or satin one, if you’re looking for a cheaper option.
3. Wrap your hair in a silk scarf
If you want to keep your hair off your face, or want to make sure it’s sleek and straight when you wake, you could try wrapping your hair in a silk scarf. With the help of a brush, neatly arrange your hair around your head and secure it with large bobby pins. Then, wrap the scarf around your head and make sure it covers every inch of your hair. Tie both ends of the scarf together to make sure it stays put.
4. Never sleep with wet hair
You probably like washing your hair after a long, exhausting day, and then hitting the sack. However, sleeping with wet hair is causing a lot of damage to your strands. This is because wet hair is extremely brittle and when you toss and turn at night, your hair ends up breaking. In addition to this, the friction between your wet hair and your pillowcase can make your hair a frizzy mess. So, in order to avoid this, always dry your hair completely before going to bed. You could also wrap a silk scarf around your hair, but you’ll need to make sure your hair is almost dry, and not soaking wet.
5. Do not use elastic bands
Elastic bands have proved to be very harsh on our locks. This because, they’re extremely tight, and put stress on the roots of our hair—and this causes breakage. Soft scrunchies are a great alternative to elastic bands, as the elastic in them is covered by cloth.